Logic behind importance ranking in Gradient Boosted Tree (GBT)

PireheloPirehelo Member Posts: 12 Contributor I
edited November 2018 in Help


Could you please explain what is the basis for ranking the importance of attributes in the GBT? For example, is it based on information gain or does it use a backward propagation/forward elimination approach such as the one in SelectAttribute operator does? I would appreciate your answers. I would appreciate even more if you could provide me with an article or a webpage (hopefully from rapidminer documentation) that explains the mathematical logic for ranking the attribute importance in Gradient Boosted Trees (GBT)



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    MartinLiebigMartinLiebig Administrator, Moderator, Employee, RapidMiner Certified Analyst, RapidMiner Certified Expert, University Professor Posts: 3,517 RM Data Scientist
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    this sounds like deep dive :). Have a look at my favourite ML book, Hastie et. al: https://web.stanford.edu/~hastie/ElemStatLearn/printings/ESLII_print12.pdf


    Page 367.


    It seems to be just the average of all feature importances of the individual trees.




    - Sr. Director Data Solutions, Altair RapidMiner -
    Dortmund, Germany


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    PireheloPirehelo Member Posts: 12 Contributor I

    Thanks Martin, I just checked the reference. You made my life easier. Thanks,

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